publication . Article . 2015

A Contribution to the Critique of the Political Economy of Corporate Social Responsibility

Sandoval, M.;
Open Access
  • Published: 15 Apr 2015 Journal: Review of Radical Political Economics, volume 47, pages 608-624 (issn: 0486-6134, eissn: 1552-8502, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The task of this paper is to trace the academic discourse on corporate social responsibility (CSR) by discussing how CSR approaches and models relate profit goals and social goals of the corporation. I show that CSR approaches that dominate the academic discourse either instrumentalize the social, idealize the corporate, or separate the corporate from the social. Based on a critical political economy perspective I argue that it is necessary to consider mutual interrelations between profit goals and social goals. This perspective reveals an antagonism between the corporate and the social that points to the impossibility of CSR. Critical CSR research thus far has ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Philosophy, Economics and Econometrics, Impossibility, Ideology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Corporate social responsibility, Sociology, Corporation, Political economy, Communism, HF
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